American products made especially for the Israeli market are on sale in Jordan, local sources have revealed. The Kosher goods have been produced “in compliance with the Jewish law and approved by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel”.
Journalists report that, for example, a well-known brand of potato crisps is available all over the Kingdom; the packaging has “in compliance with Jewish law” written in Hebrew on it. Special weight-loss food is also marked as “Kosher”.
According to the relevant website, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate oversees the raw material used for making such products, before granting a certificate which allows them to be imported into Israel.
Agricultural produce grown on illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank is widely available in Jordan’s shops. Jordanian civil society organisations concerned with resisting the normalisation of relations with Israel, say commentators, have clearly failed to convince consumers not to buy such produce.
Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994 which included the exchange of diplomatic missions and the establishment of complete cultural and economic ties between the two countries.